CBS News reports:
“I’m not for a wall,” Pelosi said repeatedly at the press conference, referring to $5.7 billion funding for the border wall Mr. Trump is requesting in order to sign bills funding the government. “Insistence on the wall is a luxury the country can no longer afford.”
Replying to a question from CBS News’ Nancy Cordes, Pelosi said that she had not heard from the White House about her letter requesting a delay to the State of the Union. She also discussed the need to reopen the government to pay federal workers.
“He thinks it is okay not to pay people who do work. I don’t. My caucus doesn’t either,” Pelosi said about Mr. Trump. Top White House officials are discussing whether the GOP-controlled Senate could invite Mr. Trump to deliver the State of the Union address.
Speaker Pelosi says the “Trump shutdown” undermines security: “We’re not paying people who keep us safe,” including TSA agents “who stop bombs from coming on to plans,” FBI agents, who track down terrorists and immigration officials who patrol the border. https://t.co/41BkHlX19w pic.twitter.com/3UMyll3I1x
— ABC News (@ABC) January 17, 2019
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on requesting President Trump change the date of the State of the Union address: “I’m not denying him a platform at all. We’re saying, let’s get a date when government is open” https://t.co/OMhA96mlL1 pic.twitter.com/IxmfsaQ8m1
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 17, 2019
Just asked Pelosi if she’s simply trying to deny Trump a platform after DHS said it could secure SOTU, and she said: “I’m not denying him a platform at all…Let’s pay the employees. Maybe he thinks it’s OK not to pay people who do work. I don’t, and my caucus doesn’t either.” pic.twitter.com/RODDSMihbK
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 17, 2019